Keys to the skis

What’s the difference among skis used in different Olympic events? Some are longer or lighter, curvier or straighter depending on how they are supposed to perform. Here’s how you can tell by looking.

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Note: Widths and weights are approximate and may vary slightly by manufacturer. Weights is for a pair of skis with bindings.

SOURCE: Paul Clark, Rossignol Nordic racing manager; Ben Drummond, Head Wintersports USA team and racing manager; Andrew Gardner for Fischer Sports; Sarah Lauridsen for Marker-Völkl USA; Olympic.org; Women’s Ski Jumping USA, USA Ski Jumping; “The Sports Book” by DK Publishing.

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